Archive for April, 2008

Floating Pool or Pond Color Changing Light – Underwater Disco

April 15, 2008

The company that makes these floating swimming pool lights that change colors, make some cool products.  One of their most popular products is the Underwater Disco Light  Show.  Put a couple of batteries in the watertight light unit and watch the show.  How cool!

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Where To Buy Cheap Above Ground Swimming Pool Steps

April 14, 2008

Mega Pool and Spa sells pool steps for above ground swimming pools.  For the 2008 pool season, we have brought in several new models.
Our Easy Step is a nice economical step for pools with a deck.

You can add an outside ladder attachment to the Easy Step incase your above ground swimming pool does not have a deck.

We’re also stocking this step as a complete Swimming Pool Entry System with Locking Gate for the ultimate in swimming pool safety.

Please visit our site and keep checking back as we continue to add exciting products every day.

Where to buy the new Jet Net Remote Control Skimmer

April 9, 2008

What a great idea this is!

The Jet Net Remote Control Swimming Pool Skimmer makes it fun and easy to clean your pool. The Jetnet looks like a remote control boat, but has a skimmer net on it. As you drive the boat around your pool, floating leaves are picked up in the basket and can be removed easily.

How To Calculate The Number of Gallons of Water In An Above Ground or Inground Swimming Pool

April 5, 2008
It’s important to know how many gallons of water are in your swimming pool. A lot of swimming pool  spring startup opening chemical kits are sold based on gallons and it’s important to know so you can properly add the right amount of chemicals during your normal maintenance.

To determine how many gallons of water are in your swimming pool, you basically multiply the length, width, depth, then we also use a “multiplier”.

If you have a sloped pool or a pool with a deep end, you just figure the average depth. Take the depth of the shallow and deep end. Add them together and divde by two. This gives you a rough estimate of the average depth. If you have a flat bottom pool, you guessed it, your average depth is just the depth of your pool

For Round Pools, you multiply the diameter (in feet) times the diameter (in feet) times the average depth (in feet) times 5.9 (the multiplier).

For Oval Swimming Pools, the calculation is roughly the same, but we change the multiplier. To figure the amount of gallons in an above ground swimming pool, it’s length x width x average depth x 6.7 (our multiplier).

For rectangular pools, our equation to figure the amount of water in a swimming pool is lenth x width x average depth x 7.5(our multiplier)

Once you figure out how many gallons of water are in your swimming pool, you can buy the right amount of swimming pool chemicals.

How To Paint A Swimming Pool Using Epoxy or Acrylic Pool Paint

April 4, 2008

At www.megapoolandspa.com we sell Ramuc brand swimming pool paint.

There are three different types of swimming pool paint you could buy: Epoxy, Acrylic, or Rubber Based.


Epoxy swimming pool paints
are typically the most durable and suitable for swimming pool applications. Epoxy paints are commonly referred to as “Marine Paint”. This type of paint includes 2 parts, the resin and hardener. Most epoxies mix at a rate of one to one to form a resin. Over time, epoxy film with become chalky over time.

The other main type of swimming pool paint is Acrylic Swimming Pool Paint and does not require a hardener or catalyst system like an epoxy paint does. The paint is a polymer resin, but a lot of pool paints are water based. This means that the paint is suspended in water, not oil. Therefore, it’s a lot easier for the homeowner to apply since the fumes are not as strong as they would be with an oil based paint.

It is a lot of work to paint a swimming pool, so first decide if you really want to put in the effort. Sometimes, you could just get away with a good cleaning. You may want to consider an acid wash if your current coating can handle the cleaning.

As with any paint job, preparation is probably 99% of the key to success. First, make sure the type of paint you choose can be applied over your existing paint. Not all paints are compatible. The paint could wrinkle or lift due to the chemical reaction.

Once you’ve selected the color and type of pool paint, epoxy, or acrylic, it’s time to drain the pool and take out any obstructions.

Scrape or sand off any flaking or peeling paint and and feather the edges.

Make any repairs to cracks or anything with your choice of caulk, cement, or other products.

Read the manufacturers label for the pool paint you’re using to ensure you use compatible chemicals and materials.

Clean the pool with an muriatic acid solution or per your pool paint instructions.

Rinse the acid off and clean with trisodium-phosphate, TSP.

Final rinse the pool with clean water.

It is best to pump all the water our and thoroughly let the pool dry. Blow out any water that could run out of your skimmer, drains, etc.

Some paints require a primer coat, some are self priming, so read your paint instructions.

Most paints are applied with a standard NAP roller. You probably want to buy an extension to make the rolling easier. Use a brush for corners and hard to reach areas. Start in the middle and work your way to the corners (Just Kidding)… start in the deep end and work your way out of the shallow end.

Wait a few days, longer for some paints, before filling your pool back up with water.